I have had a hen in my house that broke her leg last fall. Weather has finally warmed up and I recently built a makeshift coop to get her back outside. I have tried to put her with the rest of the flock but they pecked her so much she was bloody. Now that she is alone, I was wondering if I should get a couple of chicks that I would keep inside the house until they are fully feathered, then put in with her. The only problem is that my flock free ranges during the day and these chicks would be kept in a small coup with the injured hen. The coop is 4x4 with an 8x16 run. What would be the lesser of two evils? A lone, crippled hen or keeping the new ones locked up and not able to free range like the others? I would just go to the feed store and get a couple. If I do, what breeds would be best? Easter Eggers or Polish? Also, I will be getting some Blue Orpington chicks in a month or so and If I do get the feed store ones, I would like to get them outside before the new ones arrive. The Blue Orpingtons would be integrated into my new flock and will be free ranging with them so I don't want to put them with the injured one.